Perhaps it was inevitable, given the mutual admiration Drake and Florence Welch share, but last week, while the majority of you were overcoming turkey comas, Flo (and the Machine) appeared on BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge, where they turned in a stunning cover of Drizzy’s “Take Care.”
“It’s three of my absolute favorite artists,” Welch said while introducing the track, referencing the fact that the song features vocals by not only Drake and Rihanna, but samples of Jamie XX’s remix of Gil Scott-Heron’s “I’ll Take Care of You.” “I hope we can do it justice.”
And they did. Backed by a stirring string section, Florence and the Machine’s version of the song isn’t as dark and knotty as Drake’s original; instead, it’s ethereal and downright doleful, starting slow and sleepy but building to a towering crescendo, with Welch lamenting that she’s “loved and lost” while drums pound, keyboards pulse and the strings trill. It’s the kind of aching cover that leaves you wishing the two could actually collaborate on a record, something that, in recent months, seemed a definite possibility.
In the lead-up to the release of both Florence and the Machine’s Ceremonials and Drake’s Take Care, speculation swirled that the artists might make appearances on each other’s albums — especially since Welch had previously joined Drake onstage in London to sing vocals on “Fireworks.” But, as Welch told MTV News last month , they’ve yet to actually record anything together, thanks in no small part to their busy schedules. Then again, the door isn’t completely closed on a collaboration just yet.
“We haven’t actually done any recording together,” Welch said. “Whenever I see Drake, we always just end up kind of hanging out, which is equally fun. … I think we’re both big fans of each other’s work. If we would have the time, it is something I would definitely like to do, but we’re both really busy.”
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